Aston Pre-sessional (6 weeks) aims to hone your linguistic competencies and skills in using English within an academic and professional context in order to meet the specific requirements of your degree. The integrated skills learning approach means that you will regularly practise reading, writing, speaking and listening within a subject-specific context as well as work on grammar and lexis. On completion of the module, you will have developed understanding in the nature and features of full-length academic written texts and lectures in English, including those related to your future academic discipline, and will be able to critically evaluate sources of information. You will have gained experience in producing cohesively and coherently written research proposals and research reports, and have built up your confidence in delivering effective individual presentations in English. Assessment includes an individual project, individual presentation and reading and listening tests.
Aston Pre-sessional is delivered by a team of qualified, experienced and dedicated staff at Aston University's Centre for English Language and Communication (CELCA). Your academic tutors and lecturers have a comprehensive understanding of the UK Higher Education environment and are there to support students through their learning process. We use a variety of innovative and engaging teaching methods which include interactive lectures, seminars, blended-learning, tutorials and workshops as well as private and small-group work. There are also opportunities for individual project work, presentation delivery, seminar participation and attendance of live lectures. Aston Pre-sessional also provides an opportunity to meet and learn with students from a variety of cultural backgrounds and diverse nationalities and develop critical intercultural competence skills that will facilitate the transition onto your future Degree programmes.